It's looking increasingly likely that if the Switch is going to have a chance at passing the DS and PS2 to become the best selling system of all-time, it's going to need some type of enhanced hardware revision along the lines of a Switch Pro to give its sales a shot in the arm and boost its legs. But this late into the Switch's life cycle and with its successor due at some point within the next 2 years, I'm not sure if Nintendo wants to do that. If they did, I think that would be a mistake.
Since there's a possibility that following the launch an enhanced hardware revision immediately with the launch of Switch 2 just one year later might bite them in the rear and make customers unhappy about the premature investment. Sony and Microsoft waited 3-4 years between the launches of the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X before they launched the PS5 and Xbox Series.
Plus, if they wait TOO long to launch Switch 2, they run the risk of messing with software development schedules as well as dating its hardware even moreso than the Switch was already dated in 2017 in terms of specs and performance.
At this point, I think the smarter move on their part would be to just ride the Switch out. Get as much as they can get out of its remaining life cycle as they can while shifting gears towards the launch of their next system and putting all hands on deck for that.
As such, the Switch will most likely finish somewhere in the 140-150 million range. Maybe it can leg it out to just past 150 million. But not much else after that. Ultimately falling just short of the DS and PS2. But still an absolute freaking juggernaut.
Last edited by PAOerfulone - on 07 February 2023